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Katie O'Brien Kelley

Katie O'Brien Kelley

Katie O'Brien Kelley is a Michigan State University graduate with degrees in journalism and theatre. She was previously a reporter, editor and podcast coordinator at The State News — Michigan State's award-winning student paper. As a reporter there, she covered the university's administration, including its mishandling of reports against former doctor Larry Nassar's abuse, as well as academics and student experiences. She was also previously an intern at the Lansing City Pulse.

COVID-19 outbreaks hit almost 50 Michigan schools, colleges

By: - September 21, 2020

At least 28 K-12 public schools and 19 colleges and universities in Michigan have reported having new or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to an update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Last week, there were 11 K-12 schools and 16 colleges reporting new or ongoing outbreaks. Some of the K-12 schools […]

‘It’s scary, but I know it will come back’: Michigan theaters struggle after going dark during pandemic

By: - August 31, 2020

Performing arts centers all across the nation have had to cancel and postpone scheduled performances since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March. With little to no revenue coming in from ticket sales, many theaters are struggling financially, and the future of live performances is still unclear. “We all thought we’d be back in a […]

Changing plans, taking gap years: How college grads are navigating the pandemic recession

By: - July 29, 2020

About three months have passed since millions of college students graduated college into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  Some have had to look for jobs unrelated to their degrees, while others changed their plans or decided to take a year off before going to graduate school or moving to where they had […]